Singer and TV Host Diana Garnet Joins Otakon Guest Roster

Washington, D.C. (May 31, 2019) – Diana Garnet, a rising star in the J-Pop and anime music scenes, has lent her dynamic, powerful vocals to many anime and game titles. The D.C. native Garnet has been added to the ranks of Otakon 2019 guests, according to Otakorp Inc.

A highly accomplished vocalist, Garnet got her start winning “Best Foreign Singer of J-pop” in the televised singing contest "Nodojiman The World: Spring 2013." She recently took home the title of Best Female Singer from another televised singing competition, "The Karaoke Battle." Her striking tone, expansive range, and formidable arsenal of techniques along with her unique perspective as one of the few foreign entertainers in the industry, come together to create a force to be reckoned with in Japan's music scene.

In addition to music, Garnet is also one of the few bilingual voice actors currently active in the industry, bringing life to many characters in both English and Japanese. She also hosts several educational radio programs and lends her voice to many characters in NHK's institutional English educational radio show, "Kiso Eigo 1."

In recent years, Garnet has made many appearances on TV, from educational programs and variety comedy to monomane (impressions) and showcases on subculture. In March 2017, Diana made news when she began hosting her first regular TV show, NHK's educational program "Igo Focus," a show about the 4,000-year-old game of Go. In Spring 2018, she appeared on-stage for the first time in "Sarachi 14," a long-running skit-based production from Omori Company, calling upon her skills not only as an actress and singer, but also as a martial artist. Having caught the acting bug, she's since begun pursuing more acting roles, appearing in various commercials and the TV drama "Shiba Kouen" with more to come soon! She's also featured in a variety of shows highlighting sub- cultures in Japan; Formerly as host of "Otaqueeen" English and currently as a regular contributor and host of cosplay and otaku-culture show "PandrettaD."

A frequent guest at anime conventions all over the USA, Garnet has also travelled to China, the Philippines, Myanmar, and England to spread her love of J-pop, anime, and music. Always excited to share her experiences with others and give back to the community that gave her so much growing up, Garnet takes any opportunity she can to engage with the audience: going above and beyond the call of duty, hosting Q&A sessions, panels, and helping other guests whenever needed.

Otakon 2019 will be held July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its twenty-sixth year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Historically, Otakon has drawn up to 34,000 people for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 100,000 turnstile attendees). Otakon is a membership based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.

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